Dear Advent People,
Halfway through the season of Advent, I have so enjoyed my morning devotion each day, written by us! The people of Campbell United Methodist Church are certainly creative and articulate. While I’ll never be able to pick a true favorite, I was particularly struck by the entry submitted by Evan C. for a part of Saturday, December 6th’s devotion.
Evan wrote the beginning of a story about Bob the elf, but left it unfinished. His closing sentence is, “You can finish the story in your imagination.” I love the freedom of being allowed to imagine the ending to a story, don’t you? What might happen next? How might the drama unfold? What will happen to our hero, Bob, as he realizes that it is Christmas, when he thought it was only the middle of July!? Oh my! How exciting!
Advent is a season to exercise your imagination. Imagine a candle illuminating the darkness. Imagine a woman about to give birth to her first baby. Imagine God come to the world in the flesh. Imagine the gift of self. Imagine peace.
Our expectations are limited only by the scope of our imaginations, and this is a time to revel in expectancy. Advent is no time to be realistic! No down-to-earth pragmatic suggestions here. No time for “but this will never work” or “surely not” or “get your head out of the clouds.” What better time to stick your head right smack dab in the middle of the clouds than the season of Advent? Expect a miracle! Expect God to be born into the world.
Somewhere in our young adulthood, our imaginations seem to atrophy. We forget how to make our minds embrace the fantastic without question. We forget how to delight in the miraculous. We forget, or maybe we just decide it isn’t prudent. Immature. Naïve.
The good news is that Advent is a sure cure for imagination deterioration. Advent gives us permission to enjoy lights and look at toy catalogues and sing silly songs. Advent allows us to imagine things differently. A baby is about to be born to Mary in Bethlehem … and ‘you can finish the story in your imagination.’
Grace and Peace,